Bay Area Musicals is excited to start a New Works Program, bringing original musicals from conception to full-production in the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe originality is key for the success and future of the American musical. To do this, we must nurture and support the playwrights who give voice to these ideas.
Each year we will be selecting three (3) original musicals from composers, lyricists, and writers who will have their work presented as a staged reading. These musicals are selected by a team of five, leading professionals in the industry ranging from Broadway music directors to Bay Area actors. Upon decisions being made; we will have a writer’s intensive/retreat for the three (3) selected, a workshop for two (2) of the musicals, and one (1) given the opportunity to be fully produced in our season the following year.
Bay Area Musicals plans to incubate new musicals from beginning to end. A musical cannot be created over night or on its own. Writers need actors, directors, producers, and ultimately an audience to inform them of their work and the journey it needs to take. A new musical requires dynamic collaboration, time, space, and the freedom to test out radical changes & ideas in a safe environment.
The New Works Program will be accepting submissions from July 1, 2015 through September 1, 2015. Submissions received after September 1, 2015 will have to wait and submit the following cycle. Submissions must meet the following criteria that is listed below.
***NO SUBMISSIONS WERE ACCEPTED THIS YEAR. WE WILL BE OPENING AGAIN JULY 1, 2016 FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF SUBMISSIONS.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE NEW WORKS PROGRAM
The New Works Program holds an open submission policy for all new works in progress. If you would like your work considered for development at Bay Area Musicals, please send the following materials: (1) your script (or a treatment or scene sample if you do not have a full draft), (2) a demo CD (three or more songs), and (3) your writing resume with your current contact information.
We will respond to your submission right away to let you know it has been received. Those chosen who will embark on the next step for a retreat will be notified by October 1, 2015. Please note that we do not return submissions; all materials will be recycled after consideration. Please do not call to see if we received your materials or where we are within the process. We will be in touch as soon as we can.
Send All Printed Materials To:
Bay Area Musicals
Attn: Matthew McCoy
107 Rolph Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
Send All Electronic Materials To:
(You can use online platforms such as Dropbox to send materials)
Want to make an impact on the future of American musical theatre by contributing to a new musical commission? Please contact Artistic Director, Matthew McCoy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.